Yoga & Pilates Classes

The Mind Body Clinic in Tonbridge

Find a class that suit your lifestyle and schedule

The Mind Body Clinic offers yoga and Pilates classes that are special. Firstly, our teachers have been carefully selected for both their dedication to their craft and most importantly their ability to teach. Our classes are held for a maximum of 6 people, which means everyone gets personal tuition during the class. Small classes also allow us to accommodate a range of abilities from beginners through to advanced levels. Not only will our classes improve flexibility, strength and fitness (both physical and mental) but also where appropriate can be used to address specific ailments and conditions resulting from injuries and wear and tear. We also offer one to one classes, please enquire using the contact form below.

Class Prices (Yoga / Pilates):

  • Single class taster £5 / £7  (One time use per client)
  • Drop-in rate £10 / £12
  • Buy a course of 6 for £54 / £60
  • One to one classes from £40
  • Maximum of 6 in a class
Hatha Yoga With Claire Hayhurst at The Mind, Body Clinic in Tonbridge.

Hatha Yoga

Hatha in its original form is a term used to describe all styles of yoga such as Asthanga, Iyengar, and Vinyasa Flow. In the West it has come to describe a less dynamic style of yoga that is suitable for complete beginners, as well as the seasoned yogi. Hatha translates as Ha meaning 'sun' and Tha meaning 'moon' and relates to the masculine / feminine; active/ passive elements in all of us with the aim of creating balance within us between the two. This is still a powerful style of yoga, with a slower flow through the asanas (poses), the emphasis being on alignment and breathing into the poses thus bringing awareness to the body and breath.

Vinyasa

A class open to all levels, consisting of traditional yoga postures designed to build strength, flexibility, fitness and focus. Improve posture, stretch out tight muscles and release tension. Our aim is to unite breathe, body and concentration in a steady flow, letting go of the day and finding a deeper connection within.

 

Ashtanga Yoga

Ashtanga yoga is a system of yoga developed for the modern world by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois (1915-2009). This method of yoga involves synchronizing the breath with a progressive series of postures—a process producing intense internal heat and a profuse, purifying sweat that detoxifies muscles and organs. The result is improved circulation, a light and strong body, and a calm mind.

Slow Flow Meditation

A sequence of gentle, meditative yoga postures to help you de-stress, slow down, ground yourself and restore energy.

There is a focus on staying in the present moment to calm the mind and let go of any anxieties and worries. This is a class for the over-worked and over-stretched, who want space to breath deeply, let stress go and regain a sense of balance and ease in their life. Suitable for all.

 

Beginners Yoga

  • Basic Asanas ( Yoga poses) : Detailed breakdown of seated, lying, kneeling and standing postures
  • Step by step guide to Sun Salutation
  • Basic principles of the breath (pranayama) and breathing exercises
  • Important Alignment details to avoid a false or weightbearing posture
  • Appropriate use of props ( bolser, blocks, straps, blankets etc.)
  • Individual assistance, supports and adjustments according to your needs and body
  • Guided relaxation and meditation exercises
A pilates class will still release those lovely happy hormones but without over taxing those adrenals

Pilates

 
How Can Pilates Help?
At The Mind Body Clinic we offer both group classes and private tuition. People choose to do Pilates for different reasons such as increasing core stability, weight loss, post-injury rehabilitation or improving posture.
What is Pilates?
Pilates is an exercise regime with slow, controlled and flowing movements to strengthen core muscles that stabilise and support the spine, realign the body and help correct postural problems. It is "no-impact" and brings together body and mind. It was created by Joseph Pilates (b.1880) who rehabilitated injured WW1 soldiers using bedsprings as pulley systems to strengthen weak or misaligned limbs. He also re-educated the neuro-muscular system so injuries did not recur. His concepts led to him to the USA where he taught Contrology and published a book, ‘Return to Life Through Contrology’ (1945).

Thirty-four key exercises were identified and have been adapted into modern teaching. Pilates can be done sitting on a mat, on a chair and with clinical Pilates equipment or props, such as balls, therabands or blocks. Lessons are layered with either adaptations (for those less able) or modifications (for those more able to progress)

”Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness. Our interpretation of physical fitness is the attainment and maintenance of a uniformly developed body with a sound mind fully capable of naturally, easily and satisfactorily performing our many and varied daily tasks with spontaneous zest and pleasure”
Joseph Pilates

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